Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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Intelligent Design: Part 1 

The day after an alcoholic college professor who killed a young girl in a drunken accident is released from prison and returns home, he is run over by his own car.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Seager
Rev Martha Seager
Crystal Leaity ...
Rachel Cliff
Carl Drew
Isabella Parriss ...
Pupil One
Adam Tibbit
Jane Slavin ...
Debbie Cliff
Norman Gregory ...
Glen Davies ...


Professor Richard Seager is released from prison, having served a year for causing death by dangerous driving. His wife Martha, a vicar, tries to negotiate a reconciliatory meeting with his victim's sister Rachel Cliff, but it is a disaster and Rachel walks out. That night Richard is deliberately run over and killed by his own car. DNA suggests Rachel was in the car but her boyfriend, Adam Tibbitt, gives her an alibi. Lewis is surprised that Martha slept through the murder and it is apparent that the marriage was not as perfect as Martha made out. College master Dr Yardley tells Lewis that Richard was to be dismissed and his post given to his protégée, Stella Drew, though Stella says she was reluctant to accept it. Now dating Dr Hobson, Lewis considers retiring when the case is closed. However he is summoned by Dr Yardley when the remains of a Korean student, Soo, who disappeared some tine previously, is discovered in the college roof. Soo was the name the dying Richard Seager had ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

30 June 2013 (USA)  »

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16 : 9
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Parts 1 and 2 were combined into a 97 minute feature length film for video release. See more »


DI Robert Lewis: We understand you had dealings with Professor Richard Seager.
Debbie Cliff: Dealings? I've not heard it called that before. He killed my daughter if that's what you're getting at.
DI Robert Lewis: He was found murdered at home this morning.
Debbie Cliff: [Sarcastically] Oh, there you go! I'll buy a lottery ticket later.
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Lewis leaves quietly
2 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I believe this is the last episode of the Inspector Lewis series as the characters' lives seem to be set in various directions.

I'll go on record now and state that this two-part episode (which I saw as one part) features one of my favorite "MI-5" actresses, Miranda Raison, and she gives a good performance here as a student/colleague of the murdered man.

The story actually goes back some years, when a young woman was struck by a drunk driver and killed. The driver, a university scientist, goes to prison. When he's released, he's found dead, having been hit by a car, but he's managed to scratch the number 500 on the car before he expires.

Lewis and Hathaway speak with the sister and mother of the dead woman, and also the wife of the dead man who, strangely, did not hear this awful accident that took place right outside her window.

Lewis & Hathaway find themselves involved in Oxford University politics, find a body long dead, discover the secret of "300," and deal with a suicide and another murder before realizing the identity of the culprit.

I of course knew who the culprit was because I had this on DVD, and when I entered the room, my sisters were watching the very end and discussing the murderer. So I can't say whether or not the murderer was obvious. I'm guessing not. There were suspects aplenty.

Edward Fox, Laurence Fox's (Hathaway's) uncle, makes an appearance.

I thought this was a good episode and a fitting ending to the series. It's an absorbing mystery.

Like many, I feel a connection to Lewis due to the Inspector Morse series. We are being regaled next week with another "Endeavor" episode featuring the young Inspector Morse. So efforts to keep the Morse character going continue. Unfortunately I can't connect the Endeavor series with John Thaw or the older Morse. At all. But I'll probably watch it.

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